December 21st 2012

Countdown to 2013 Formula One season: 84 days

Birthdays:
Lorenzo Bandini, who drove for Ferrari during his Formula One career and won the 1964 Austrian Grand Prix, was born on this day in 1935. He had a successful career, but was killed after an accident at Monaco in 1967 that set his car on fire. He suffered 70% burns and despite all attempts, died a few days later of his injuries. He drove in a white and blue Ferrari at the end of the 1964 season when Ferrari were involved in a battle with the Italian Racing Authorities. In protest, they entered their drivers with the North American Racing Team (NART) instead of using their traditional colours.

News:
Robert Visoiu has been signed by MW Arden for the 2013 GP2 season, and one of his teammates will be Carlos Sainz Jr, according to Romanian news sources.
Former Virgin Racing driver Lucas di Grassi has been signed by Audi for their LMP1 team in 2013.
McLaren will be launching their 2013 car, the MP4-28, on January 31st.

Stat of the Day:
Aside from the final two races of 1964, Ferrari have only run in a colour that is not red on a few occasions. American driver Phil Hill drove a Ferrari in his national colours of blue and white at the 1959 US Grand Prix. Olivier Gendebien drove a yellow Ferrari (his national colour) at the 1958 Belgian Grand Prix. While the shade of red has changed over the years to reflect sponsorship and to look good on television, Ferrari will always be recognised for their distinctive colour.
Ferrari’s best success in a non-red car was at the 1964 US Grand Prix when John Surtees secured the world championship while driving in the NART car.

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